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February 17th, 2014
WOONSOCKET - A man in his early 50s remained in critical condition Monday, two days after a fire broke out in his apartment on the seventh floor of St. Germain Manor, a public high rise.
Woonsocket Fire Chief Tim Walsh said the victim had burns over 75 percent of his body and was initially taken to Landmark Medical Center before being transferred to the Trauma Center at Rhode Island Hospital.
Local authorities declined to release the identity of the victim, but The Call confirmed through hospital and other sources that he was Jeffrey S. Reyor.
WOONSOCKET â€“ No one wants to end up in icy water in the middle of February, even if you are a firefighter. But as fire officials know all too well, accidents happen, and people and even animals do fall through ice in winter and need help â€” quick and knowledgeable help.
So out at Harris Pond last week, members of the Woonsocket Fire Department were putting themselves to the test and finding out what it would be like to work in the cold and potentially deadly water if an emergency required them to do so.
BURRILLVILLE -- The thought of a bunch of bearded, camouflaged sportsmen running around a noisy kitchen cooking up slabs of venison and wild boar might not be everyoneâ€™s idea of a fine dining experience.
But the guys at Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club who cook for the clubâ€™s annual February game dinners run a tight kitchen, producing a range of wild game delicacies from tender wild boar with peas in a tomato base to savory pheasant game soup with Orzo pasta.
Itâ€™s a menu celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck would be proud of.
For full story and more photos, see Sunday's print edition of The Call.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The stateâ€™s senior citizens would receive a variety of tax breaks by virtue of several pieces of legislation being considered by the General Assembly.
The lawmakers who introduced the bills say they are intended to help the stateâ€™s older population and to keep them from fleeing to more tax-friendly locales.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As health officials called attention to yet another spike of fatal drug overdoses, the R.I. State Police announced that troopers will soon be routinely carrying naloxone, a medicine that quickly flushes opiates like heroin from the body to prevent death.
State Police Supt. Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell also called on all municipal police departments to follow suit, saying drug overdoses claimed more lives in the first six weeks of the year than murder in all of 2013.
BURRILLVILLE â€” For the eighth consecutive year, the Burrillville High
School robotics team has won the state robotics championship and will move on to the Eastern Super-Regional Championship in York, Penn., where they will compete for a berth in the World Championship in St. Louis in April.
Known as Team 154 Renegade, the Burrillville students were among 300 representing 32 schools from around the state who competed in the eighth annual FIRST Tech Challenge last Saturday at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Even after it was slashed by nearly a third in advance of the current fiscal year, the 30 percent homestead exemption is still the most generous benefit offered by a revenue-hungry local government, commandeered by a state-appointed Budget Commission.
Almost nothing has been asked of property owners who claim the exemption as a condition of receiving it. Theyâ€™re supposed to live in the property on which the exemption is claimed, but the city makes that assumption for them based on property deeds that may not be conclusive, officials say.
WOONSOCKET â€“ From Woonsocket High graduate Tom Pincince, here are some of the details pertaining to a public celebration of George Nasutiâ€™s life:
Services for Coach Nasuti will be private and for family only. However, Coach's family understands what an outpouring of support there has been in the last few days.
Therefore, a PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF COACH NASUTI'S LIFE has been scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at a time to be determined. This celebration will be held at Woonsocket High School and will be open to EVERYONE. More details on this day will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
WOONSOCKET -- George Nasuti, a longtime educator and high-school athletic director in the city, died Tuesday night at Rhode Island Hospital after a sporting accident on a basketball court four days earlier. He was 52.
Nasuti was remembered by friends and colleagues in Rhode Island interscholastic athletics as "a standup guy," "a very good man" and someone who always had the kids' best interests at heart.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Based on their interpretation of the City Charter, officials say longtime parks and recreation worker David P. Ayotte may remain on the job despite his arrest on felony gambling charges, at least until heâ€™s indicted by a grand jury.
Ayotte, 53, of North Smithfield, and his wife, Cheryl, were among 13 individuals from northern Rhode Island arrested last week on charges of organized criminal gambling, conspiracy and bookmaking. Read the full story in Wednesday's Call.